Maintenance tips for laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is a popular choice for homes and cottages. The combination of low price, ease of installation and durability makes it a go-to for many renovators.

However, laminate cannot be restored the same way that wood can. It’s better to keep it in good condition as long as possible by cleaning regularly and taking certain precautions. In this article, you’ll learn how to keep your floors clean shiny and stain-free in three simple steps, as well as how to avoid a few common mistakes.

What is laminate flooring made of?

Laminate flooring is as easy to maintain as it is to install. It’s made of a layer of agglomerated wood fibers or particles covered with a decorative layer printed to look like another material such as wood, stone or ceramic.

Unlike wood or ceramic, laminate flooring is not stuck directly to the subfloor, but is instead laid on top of an underlayment and held together with a system of interlocking panels.

(A) Protective layer - (B) Decorative layer - (C) Core layer - (D) Base layer

Laminate flooring is made up of 4 layers.Laminate flooring is made up of 4 layers.

Laminate flooring maintenance in 3 easy steps

Follow these simple steps to clean your laminate floor effectively with just a little time and effort.

1. Vacuum or wipe down regularly with a microfiber cloth

To prevent dust and dirt build-up, regularly vacuum or wipe your floors with a microfibre cloth, going with the grain of the planks. This will remove any hairs, pet fur, crumbs and dirt to keep it from getting lodged in the interlocking parts.

Step 1 - Vacuum regularlyStep 1 - Vacuum regularly

Pro tip: Don’t use brooms and brushes with hard bristles that could scratch your laminate flooring. Instead, opt for soft-bristled brushes to remove dirt without leaving a mark.

2. Clean occasionally with an absorbent mop

Getting your floating laminate floors too wet is the worst thing you can do to them. Excessive moisture can cause swollen planks, separated joints and faded coloration on the decorative layer. Use water sparingly and always wring out your mop before it touches the floor. Ideally, only mop every two to three months.

In the same vein, you don’t want to use steam cleaners on laminate parquet. While they are highly effective on some surfaces, they’ll do more harm than good in this case!

Step 2 - Occasionally use an absorbent mopStep 2 - Occasionally use an absorbent mop

Pro tip: Be careful about placing flower pots or vases directly on the floor. Use watertight planters or saucers so that the floor doesn’t get wet when you water them. If you spill, wipe it up with a dry cloth right away.

3. Remove stains right away

The older a stain gets, the harder it is to remove. For stubborn stains that can’t be removed with hot water, add about a teaspoon of cleaner to a gallon of water. Try to get stains out as quickly as possible and only use products recommended by your flooring manufacturer.

Don’t use furniture varnishes and cleaners with additives such as waxes, oils and solvents, as these are not designed for laminate flooring maintenance. They can leave a residue and make your floors slippery. The same goes for polishing pads, which can damage laminate flooring.

Pro tip: Only use gentle, non-abrasive cleaners. If recommended by the flooring manufacturer, you can get perfectly good results with just dishwashing soap, rubbing alcohol or white vinegar.

Protect your floors from scratches

There are a few simple things you can do to prevent marks and scratches on your laminate parquet:

  • Put peel-and-stick felt pads on the bottom of your table and chair legs
  • Have doormats at all your home’s entrances
  • If you have pets, decorating with rugs can protect floors from scratches
  • Place a mat under your office chair
  • Don’t drag heavy furniture across your floors
  • Take your shoes off inside the house
Step 3 - Protect your floors from scratches with felt padsStep 3 - Protect your floors from scratches with felt pads

Long live your floors!

Laminate flooring maintenance is relatively easy. It takes a little effort, but the result is well worth it. With these easy tips and tricks, you can say goodbye to dust, stains, scratches—and most of all, that sinking feeling you get from every little spill.

To find the right brushes, cloths and cleaning products for your laminate floor, visit your local BMR  or shop online.

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The information in this article is intended as a guide only and may not apply to specific situations or cases. If in doubt, contact a BMR expert in your area.